Music Scholarship Audition Guidelines

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General Instructions

    1. You must apply to the University, and apply for Financial Aid to be considered for a music scholarship, although you do not have wait for any financial aid or any other information to be submitted to the University before AUDITIONING for a music award.

    2. All materials for the Music Scholarship application are due by the February 21, 2015 deadline. The required materials are: 

      1. The Music Scholarship application 

      2. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members 

      3. An on-campus audition.  Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis through Cheryl Carney at (509) 313-6733 or carney@gonzaga.edu.  If you are unable to visit the campus for an audition, please contact Cheryl to make special arrangements to audition by sending a recording.

    3. All materials, including letters of recommendation should be sent to:
      Gonzaga Music Department
      Attn. Scholarship
      502 E. Boone Ave.
      Spokane, WA  99258
      or via email to:  carney@gonzaga.edu

Preparation for the Audition

Every audition should demonstrate your various abilities. You and your music teachers are the best judges of what is appropriate for you and what will best display your talent.  Please read the instructions carefully for each area. Please call 509-313-6733 with questions.

Instrumental (Wind, Brass, Percussion & Strings)

Auditions should include two solos or etudes of contrasting nature (e.g., slow and lyrical, faster and more technical). A single extended solo may be sufficient, if contrasting sections are performed.  Works should be performed with accompaniment if possible.

Percussionists are encouraged to perform on at least two of the three following instruments: timpani, marimba, and snare.  String players are encouraged to memorize.

Jazz (Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Drum Set, and Vocal)

Rhythm Section – Please demonstrate your ability to play within a rhythm section of a small jazz combo and/or large jazz ensemble.  Tune selections should be of contrasting styles and tempos.  Improvisation is always welcome and encouraged.Winds/Brass/Strings - Please play three scales of your choice to demonstrate range and tone production.  Choice three tunes of contrasting styles and tempos to demonstrate your ability.  These tunes can be within a small jazz combo including improvisation or they can be individual parts from your school's jazz ensemble.Vocal - Please sing three songs:  two jazz standards and one other song of your choice of any music genre (classical, jazz, pop, country, classic rock, etc.).  Accompaniment by a rhythm section or jazz choir is encouraged but not mandatory.  As always, improvisation is welcome and encouraged.

If you have questions or to set up an audition time please contact Mr. Fague, Director of Jazz Studies, at (509) 313-6735 or fague@gonzaga.edu.

Keyboard

Auditions should include TWO pieces of CONTRASTING styles from different musical periods. At least one should be memorized.

Please include a list of technique and repertoire that you have studied in high school. If you are a transfer student include your college repertoire as well.

Vocal
  • 2015 Scholarship Audition Dates
      • January 31 Saturday Portland, OR TBD
        February 7 Saturday Spokane, WA Gonzaga University
        February 14 Saturday San Francisco, CA TBD
        February 21 Saturday Seattle, WA TBD
  • Contact Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Director of Vocal Program & GU Choirs,  to schedule your individual time for scholarship audition: westerhaus@gonzaga.edu


  • Auditions should include TWO selections. Depending on your level of study, appropriate choices include art songs, folk songs, hymns, or arias from opera, operetta, or oratorio. English is appropriate for one or both selections

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Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah
Chair, Music Department
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0079
Phone: (509) 313-6733
(800) 986-9585, ext. 6733
Email: music@gonzaga.edu
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